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HP Pro Notebooks Get Easy Access for Repair and Upgrades



HP’s refreshed its entire Elitebook and Probook lineup with faster processors and fresh new looks. But my favorite feature on the new notebooks will probably be overlooked by most notebook users. All of the new Elitebooks and Probooks now come with an easy access panel, which means you can replace memory without twisting a single screw. The entire bottom of the notebook can be removed in one swift movement, which means IT technicians will no longer have to spend the better part of their days working a screwdriver.

HP showed me the new notebooks last week and I shot this video demonstrating how easy it is to work on them. Most users will never have reason to dig around their company-issued notebook, but it’s something that’s really nice for those of us who dig around notebooks’ guts from time to time.

We’ve covered each of the new EliteBooks and ProBooks over at



  1. GoodThings2Life

    02/23/2011 at 11:53 pm

    This is, incidentally, a complete copy-cat of the Dell Latitude E-Series laptops which have had this design since August 2008 (which I bought my E6400 upon its release). That said, it’s one of those genius ideas that makes you say, “FINALLY!!”

  2. Xelan

    02/24/2011 at 1:38 pm

    I’m surprised you didn’t pop the battery out first.

    • Xavier Lanier

      02/25/2011 at 7:26 am

      …what’s next. You’re going to want me to discharge static electricity ;-)
      Was in a hurry and this poor pre-production notebook will probably be laid to rest anyways as soon as its media tour is over.

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